Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Caper Sauce

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Author Notes: Hot-smoked salmon is what you want for this recipe. While the others -- lox and cured smoked salmon -- would be perfectly acceptable, they don't have the same texture. If you have all the ingredients on hand, you can slap this together in 5 minutes but you will hear about how good it is for years. Make sure to make the plate look pretty because the sauce and salmon can be a little homely, but that doesn't make them any less lovable.thirschfeld

Serves 4 to 6

  • 8 to 12 ounces hot-smoked salmon
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish (optional, if you don't like horseradish you are in luck because this is still good without it), squeezed dry in a towel
  • 1/4 cup Duke's mayonnaise, or your favorite brand, just not Miracle Whip
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Parsley sprigs and chives for garnish
  • Assorted crackers or hearty toasted bread
  1. Place the salmon on a platter on which it sits comfortably. Not too big and not too small but, as as baby bear would say, just right. Leave some room for the sauce runoff, just don't let the platter be so big the salmon looks like a life raft in the Pacific Ocean.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients, sans garnishes, and whisk until combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  3. If you are transporting the appetizer, don't sauce or garnish it till you get to your destination.
  4. Let the salmon come to room temperature. Sauce it, garnish it, and serve.
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9 months ago Horto

life changing, bread?


9 months ago Horto

the cracker looks wonderful, care to share?
is it that strange bread?


9 months ago Teri

What is wrong with Miracle whip?


9 months ago thirschfeld

Nothing is wrong with miracle Whip, love it in fact. It just isn't the right ingredient for this sauce.


10 months ago loubaby

I have made this twice now for guests and it is so fantastic...everyone loves it. Thanks so much for sharing it...The Fresh Market was selling the hot smoked and it went perfect with that fabulous sauce...


over 1 year ago anne

Made this sauce and served with a poached salmon. YUM.


over 1 year ago Carolyn Bowers

What exactly is hot smoked salmon? Do you mean to use raw salmon and smoke it on a BBQ or ? Costco sells a packaged smoked salmon thats obviously cooked through, would this work or is it better to start off with a raw piece of fish ?


over 1 year ago thirschfeld

Hot smoked salmon means nothing more then when the salmon was smoked it was smoked at a high temperature thus cooking the salmon through as opposed to curing it with, say, alcohol. Costco salmon should be just fine.


over 1 year ago Carolyn Bowers

Hey there, thanks very much for responding so quickly, I have spent many years in my life fishing for salmon in Oregon as many family members live there. But living in Utah has a lot of limitations in the fresh fish world. Costco, unfortunately is the only place to buy something somewhat safe in the fishy world, thanks again for the info....Carolyn